The unmanned-aircraft team behind the Atlantic-crossing Aerosonde and tuna-finding SeaScan is putting finishing touches to the production configuration for its latest and most challenging design. The Aerovel Flexrotor is a 45-lb. UAV designed to fly more than 40 hr. but able to take off and land vertically on the helideck of a small ship. White Salmon, Washington-based Aerovel recently completed sea trials with two preproduction Flexrotors. The UAVs operated from the expedition yacht Umbra ...


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